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Healthcare in Jordan

Jordan’s healthcare system is improved dramatically over the last two decades, placing it among the top ten countries of the world in reducing infant mortality. In achieving universal child immunisation by 1988, Jordan surpassed the average rate of the rest of the world by two years.Jordan enjoys a sound, well-structured health system, one of the most efficient in the region.

The main provider of health services in Jordan is the public sector, complemented by the private sector, international and charitable organizations such as the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), non-government organisations (NGOs), and other charitable societies. Local and international agencies which offer free medical services include UNRWA, charitable societies under the umbrella of the General Union of Voluntary Societies (GUVS), the Zakat Fund (Islamic alms giving) and foreign community centres administered with assistance from international groups such as Caritas and Radda Barnen (Swedish Save the Children).

Jordan’s health needs are met by a high ratio of medical personnel per capita. For every 10,000 Jordanians, there are 28 doctors, 10 nurses and certified midwives, 7 dentists, 9 pharmacists and 16 hospital beds. Jordan’s only real health personnel shortage is in trained local nurses. The government is establishing new nursing colleges and encouraging students to specialise in this field by offering incentives for trained nurses and giving priority in employment for both male and female Jordanian nurses. 69% of Jordanians receive free healthcare, due to their status as public sector employees or their dependants.

Current statistics indicate that about 5% of the population, or approximately 200,000 Jordanians, suffer some sort of physical or mental disability. 58 private and public centres throughout the country care for and rehabilitate the handicapped. More centres and services are foreseen in the future.

Health conditions in Jordan are among the best in the Middle East. This is due in large part to the kingdom’s stability and to a range of effective development plans and projects which have included health as major component. Jordan has approached development from a holistic perspective, realising that poverty, illiteracy and health form a triangle which must be addressed together. Advances in the struggle against poverty and illiteracy, in addition to the spread of sanitation, clean water, adequate nutrition and housing have combined to make for a healthier Jordanian citizenry.The main goal of Jordan’s health strategy has been to provide adequate health coverage to all.





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